There are one-hit wonders. And there are even no-hit wonders. One of my favorite of the latter is Jaime Brockett's delightfully goofy "Legend of the U.S.S. Titanic."
Brockett was a folksinger from the Boston area who in 1969 recorded an album on the small Oracle label. It probably would have been lost among all the other albums released at that time if it weren't for his take on the Titanic.
Brockett took an old Ledbelly song and expanded it to a 13-minutes talking blues masterpiece. Well, not really talking -- Brockett speaks frenetically as he recites a unique take on the disaster. He manages to work in heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, and 497 1/2 feet of rope. Hemp rope.
Yes, it's marijuana, and the song tells how Captain Smith gets stoned on the 497 1/2 feet of rope and ends up hitting the iceberg.
The song was immense fun and became a hit on college and progressive rock radio stations. It's impossible to listen to it and not smile a little bit.
The album did well enough for Brockett to get a contract with Capitol records. Alas, it did poorly, and his career, like the ship in the song, sank down to small venues and coffeehouses.
But anyone of the right age most certainly remembers Jack Johnson, the Titanic, and 497 1/2 feet of rope.